Iran: About 45,000 people, foreign intelligence services behind riots
The Shura Council confirms that individuals linked to foreign organizations, intelligence services, and terrorist groups have had a hand in fomenting the recent riots.
A spokesperson for the Iranian Parliament's presiding board, Nizamuddin Mousavi, stated that the Minister of Interior submitted a report on recent developments in the investigation into Mahsa Amini's death.
On September 23, the Iranian Minister of Interior Ahmad Vahidi confirmed that "reports, evidence, and medical examinations confirm that Amini was not beaten."
Mousavi said that "there are individuals linked to foreign organizations, intelligence services, and terrorist groups that had a hand in fomenting the recent riots." He pointed out that "estimates indicate that some 45,000 people formed networks across the country, some of whom have been arrested."
Iranian Security Minister Ismail Khatib said earlier today that "the Revolutionary Guard, intelligence services, security forces, and the police are determined to respond firmly to the infringements of agents and separatists," adding that "terrorist groups that are linked to global arrogance should know that they will meet the consequences of their own actions."
Addressing the US, the UK, and Saudi Arabia who are all supportive of the riots, the commander of the IRGC, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, said, “You will be defeated” and warned, "We will not flatter anyone. If you attack a police headquarters, we will burn your land. And if you attack our revolution, we will take revenge and continue to pursue the path of Hajj Qassem Soleimani."
On the same note, the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence announced on September 30 the arrest of more than 250 people in connection to the protests that ensued following the death of Mahsa Amini, including 9 foreigners. It is reported that "foreign citizens from Germany, Poland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, and others were arrested on the scenes and behind the scenes of the riots."